A gassed FC Dallas made the most of a difficult situation, being down a goal for the majority of the game, lacking creativity, and managing to come out winners 2-1 thanks to a Maxi Urruti brace.
Colman had a night to forget
Cristian Colman got the nod to start in his first MLS match in front of a home crowd, and he hardly made anything of it. He was often dispossessed, had 62% passing accuracy, zero shots, and committed the foul that led to Lee Nguyen scoring a penalty. This ultimately led to his substitution at halftime.
Unfortunately this is beginning to become a consistency with him. Some players take a little more time to adjust to a new league, but for the Paraguayan, he is a record transfer player, so the stakes are automatically raised. It may be difficult because his countryman, Miguel Almiron is lighting up Atlanta United and has become a fan favorite. I am unsure if it is a formation issue with him, if he doesn’t do well in a two striker setup and prefers to be a lone striker, or if it really is just an adaptation period that fans will need to be patient with. Clavijo and his scouting team are generally solid when it comes to the impact South American players such as Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios. The former two took some time to develop into quality players, and it may be what Colman needs. Luckily for him, the player up next is helping keep his burden light.
Mad Maxi is at it again
Maximiliano Urruti put in a Man of the Match performance that led to his second career brace, first in the FC Dallas shirt. Both were off of long balls, the second in particular was quite impressive. A long pass from Maynor Figueroa lands at the Argentinian’s feet, briefly loses it, and outmuscles Benjamin Angoua, and hits a screamer that hits the top of the net.
Oscar Pareja after the game said that Maxi bleeds for the shirt, and he is absolutely correct. Urruti may not be the most prolific goalscorer, but his relentless work rate is second to none. He will track back 40 yards to hunt down a runner if needed.
We have seen his signature bow and arrow three times in three games, and having the second striker has improved his game now that he is not the only target anymore. As stated above, Maxi’s red hot form has eased the pressure on Colman significantly.
Busca La Forma
Many were surprised when the lineups were released that the only change made was taking Barrios out and putting in Homegrown Paxton Pomykal. After an exhilarating, yet exhausting match vs Pachuca three days prior, some were expecting more starters rested.
The tired legs were shown in the first half, the players were not connecting well with each other. Although they dominated possession in the first half, runs were not timed correctly, wide open passes were missed, and could not break a packed New England defense. The 17-year-old was arguably the best Dallas player on the field the first half. He was solid on the ball, took on seasoned veterans with ease, and made genius off the ball runs.
A halftime tactic change from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 ultimately paid dividends. Putting Roland Lamah and Hernan Grana as wingbacks with Barrios as the second striker proved to be a genius move. Lamah with his sneaky dribbling, and Barrios with the fresh legs and blistering pace that continuously penetrated Revs defense caused the tides to turn. Saturday night was a textbook illustration of what FC Dallas lives by, “Busca La Forma”.
One More: The South End Hero
If you have caught an FC Dallas match this season, either the home opener, or either of the first legs in CONCACAF Champions League, it is clear that the south end of the stadium is closed off due to (finally) construction of the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Every match so far, there has been a lone construction worker that sits in the midst of construction to watch Fortress Frisco at its finest.
He has been waiting for three games for his moment to shine, and he executed it perfectly. When a Figueroa shot went rogue, and went into the midst of the construction, he went and retrieved the ball. He even had to change into his yellow construction hat because it entered a work zone. This resulted in a roaring cheer throughout the stadium.
Lone Construction Worker, you are the South End Hero, our #BUDMotM, and we hope you are in that spot for every home game this season.